Easter by Fred Lowery

Easter
Fred Lowery
Ecclesiastes 2:4-11; Matthew 16:26; John 10:10; John 14:1-6; John 14:19; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Romans 8:11; Ephesians 1:19; Proverbs 16:25; John 3:1-3; Matthew 15:8-9; Matthew 7:21-23; John 3:16; John 14:6

Easter is my favorite day of the year and over a billion people are celebrating Easter today. It's the cornerstone of the Christian faith and you and I know why it is. Easter answers life's greatest questions. Easter solves life's greatest problems and that's why this day is so special and that's why this service is so special this morning. You know as I think about people and life and questions and answers. I think that basically all people seek the answer to three questions. Simple questions but we all seek answers. The first one what will bring me fulfillment in life? See we have a selfish nature and we don't want to just go through life. We want to enjoy a full and meaningful life. We want to feel that we matter, that we accomplish something, that our life is worthwhile.

In Ecclesiastes 2 I want you to listen to these words and as you listen to them think about America's emphasis on stuff. I undertook great projects; I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned herds and flocks more than anyone in Jerusalem. I amassed silver and gold for myself and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers and a harem as well and the delights of the heart of man. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. I denied myself nothing my eyes desired. I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was me ...


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